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22 September 2023

Your Guide to Apprenticeship Cover Letters

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A cover letter for an apprenticeship… NOOOOO!

It’s a massive blow. You’ve already put an unholy number of hours into your CV. You spent your weekend attacking, and being attacked by the application form. It has, in short, been a nightmare – and now they want a cover letter too.

Take a few deep breaths. Put the kettle on, and make a cup of tea. Then keep reading.

Writing a cover letter for an apprenticeship is a bit like getting in and out of tight trousers. It’s tricky. But with the help of this step-by-step guide, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

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How to write a cover letter for an apprenticeship

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A cover letter is a formal letter that accompanies a CV, outlining who you are, and why you think you’re the right person for the job.

The fundamental aim of an apprenticeship cover letter is to persuade a recruiter to read your CV , and eventually invite you to a face-to-face interview.

The best advice we can give you is to write a UNIQUE cover letter for every apprenticeship you apply to. It’s fine to start off with a master copy or template, but employers will smell a generic cover letter a mile off.

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  • Your apprenticeship cover letter should be no longer than one side of A4
  • Tailor the content to the specific role you’re applying for
  • Avoid buzzwords and cliches , e.g. describing yourself as ‘always giving 110%’ or ‘dynamic’
  • Triple-check your spelling and grammar before submitting.

Step 1: Dear Barbara,

The opening address of an apprenticeship cover letter is crucial. The crowd can turn against you after just three words. It’s a savage, savage sport.

Avoid writing ‘ Dear Sir/Madam ‘ or ‘ To whom it may concern ’. This gives the impression you are sending 50 CVs to 50 different employers. Barbara will not be impressed, and she might not even read your application.

Addressing your cover letter to the name of the person who will read it  will show you’ve done your research. If you’re unsure who you’re writing to, contact the company and ask. And if you don’t hear back, go with ‘ Dear Hiring Manager ’.

Step 2: Introduction

Start by specifying what position you are applying for , and where you found the vacancy.

Employers are usually hiring for multiple positions at the same time. So you want to make sure you’re being considered for the right role. Start with this…

‘I am writing to apply for the engineering apprenticeship with GSK, as advertised on RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk. Please find my CV enclosed. ‘

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Step 3: Company research

Now that they know why you are writing to them, it’s time to explain to the recruiter why you are interested in their apprenticeship.

Before you do anything else, do your research on the company. What makes them tick? What social issues do they care about? What qualities do they look for in employees?

The more your cover letter aligns with what they want, the better your chances of progressing to the next stage. Here’s a list of areas to focus your research on…

  • Origins of the company
  • Their vision and values
  • Background of directors/the manager of the team you’re applying to
  • Has the company been in the news recently?
  • Any major projects the company has been involved in

If you want to find out more about the specific role you’re applying for, have a look through the 1000s of apprentice-written reviews on RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk.

Now, return to your cover letter and write a short paragraph that explains why you want to do the apprenticeship and, more specifically, why you want to do it with this company.

For example:

‘I was particularly drawn to an apprenticeship at Vodafone after discovering the groundbreaking projects I could get involved with; including making the UK’s first-ever 5G holographic call. My aptitude for problem-solving, combined with a desire to drive real change in the world, makes me a perfect candidate for this role. ‘

Here, you have demonstrated that you know and understand the vision and values of the company.

What’s more, you have declared an interest in helping the company achieve its mission.

Onto the next section. This has been brilliant so far. A triumph.

Step 4: Experience and qualifications

You’re on a roll, so it’s time to show how your unique skills, qualifications and experiences make you the dream candidate for this apprenticeship.

The trick is to keep this section as relevant as possible to the role you’re applying for. So if you’re applying for a Catering Apprenticeship and you work part-time in Lidl’s bakery or have completed an online cooking course, that’s cover letter GOLD.

If you don’t have any experience in the world of work, instead focus on any modules you’ve studied at school or college that inspired you to consider this career path.

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Step 5: ‘I’d love an interview’

The difficult bit is over now. There is nothing left but a final flourish, in which you end the cover letter. It’s hard to trip up here.

In a couple of sentences, thank the recruiter for considering your application and express your enthusiasm for attending an interview.

‘Thank you very much for considering my application. I would enjoy the opportunity to interview so that we can discuss the apprenticeship programme in more detail. ‘

Step 6: So long, farewell

If you started the letter with a personal name, like Barbara, end your apprenticeship cover letter with Yours Sincerely . Or, if you didn’t manage to find Barbara’s name, Yours Faithfully .

And that’s it! You’ve finished writing your apprenticeship cover letter. It’s biscuit tin time.

Using the examples from each step in this guide, we’ve put together an example cover letter for an Engineering Apprenticeship.

Dear Barbara Smith,

I am writing to apply for the engineering apprenticeship with GSK, as advertised on RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk. Please find my CV enclosed.

I am particularly interested in the engineering apprenticeship offered by GSK because of the programme’s focus on chemical engineering. GSK’s devotion to the research and development of existing, but also new medicines, aligns with my own desire to contribute to the creation of new medical practices. I see from the recent news coverage that GSK is focusing on local COPD care, and I feel that my work experience in my local hospital makes me an ideal candidate for this apprenticeship.

As my CV describes, my three years working at Carlos’ Cakes have given me teamwork skills, as well as the ability to work confidently as an individual. I am a conscientious and committed student, on course to achieve three A-Levels. My focus on the three sciences, particularly biology, has provided a groundwork of knowledge that will be needed for this apprenticeship. I have proficient skills using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, as well as the desired experience with Photoshop software.

Thank you for considering my application, I would enjoy the opportunity to interview so that we can discuss the apprenticeship programme in greater detail.

Yours Sincerely,

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Before you go…

Before you return to The Sims , here are TWO final things to remember when writing a cover letter for an apprenticeship:

  • If an online apprenticeship application asks you to write a cover letter in a text box, write it in a Microsoft Word document (or equivalent) first, then copy and paste it in. This way, you can check your spelling and grammar before sending off the cover letter and save it to your device.
  • If you are asked to email your CV and cover letter, write your name and the title of the apprenticeship you are applying for in the subject line.

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Apprenticeship cover letter: 6-step structure for success

Your cover letter accompanies your CV when you’re applying for an apprenticeship and needs to do three important things.

Firstly, it needs to act as your introduction to the recruiter or employer. Secondly, it needs to help you begin building rapport with them. Finally, it needs to encourage them to read on and open your CV.

For this reason, you need to make sure you’re getting the format and content of your cover letter perfect. To help you get it right, we’ve put together a 6-step guide to writing an apprenticeship killer cover letter — check it out below:

1. Begin by addressing the recipient

Where possible, your cover letter should address the recipient by name. This is the best way to start building rapport with them and to show that you have a genuine interest in their opportunity.

You’ll need to use your detective skills to find out the name of the recruiter/employer and there are several ways you can do this. First, check if their name or email appears on the job advert. No luck? Check the company website and see if there’s a ‘meet the team’ style page — if there’s a HR, hiring manager or recruitment person there, you could use their name. If you still haven’t found a name, head to the company LinkedIn profile to do some further digging.

However, if you do your research and can’t find their name, don’t panic! Simply start your letter with ‘hello’ or perhaps a ‘hi’ if you’re including this in the body of an email. Try to avoid using ‘dear sir or madam’ as, nowadays, it comes across as rather impersonal and outdated.

2. Follow up with a friendly greeting

It’s important to be aware that your cover letter will be read by a real person, so you don’t want it to come across as rigid or stuffy.

So, next, show that you’re personable and friendly with a greeting — something like ‘I hope you’re well’ is the perfect way to start off.

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3. Let them know which apprenticeship you're applying for

Remember, some recruiters/employers might be hiring for multiple vacancies, so you need to tell them specifically what apprenticeship you’re applying for.

It’s also a nice idea to let them know where you found their vacancy in the first place. For example:

‘I would like to apply for {name of apprenticeship} as advertised on {name of website}.’

Explaining why you’re interested in this apprenticeship is a good way to stand out from the crowd, so try to add a couple of sentences about how your interests and career goals align with the role, for example:

I’m particularly interested in working for your company as you stress the importance of social media marketing and blogging within the role. I have a keen interest in digital marketing and have recently set up my own blog which already achieves 500 visitors per month. I’ve also recently completed the Google Digital Garage course in order to develop my skills.

4. Demonstrate why you're suitable for the role

Next up, the main body of your cover letter needs to explain why you’re a suitable candidate for the apprenticeship you’re applying for.

Scan through the job description and pick out the key requirements and skills that you possess. Then, give a brief example of how you’ve used these skills. This helps the reader to quickly identify that you’re a good fit for the position.

For example, if the employer is looking for someone with strong written communication skills who is capable of writing reports, you might say:

‘During my time at college, I regularly contributed to the student newsletter. This voluntary position required great attention to detail in writing and editing. Paired with my grade B in English at GCSE, I’m now a confident writer.’

Or, perhaps they’re looking for applicants with customer service skills. In this case, you might say:

‘Having held numerous part-time retail jobs, I’ve assisted all types of customers in all types of settings. I’ve quickly learnt the importance of exceeding each customer’s expectations and how to solve their problems and queries professionally, quickly and effectively.’

You should also list any other important skills that you have, your most relevant qualifications and experience and give them some information about your current situation. For example:

‘I’m a recent school leaver’ or ‘I’m currently working in a similar role and looking to bolster my skill set.’

5. Showcase your achievements

Showcasing your achievements is something you need to do in both your cover letter and CV. But as your cover letter is only short, it’s best to choose your biggest and most relevant achievement.

Depending on your level of experience, this could be from school, an extra-curricular activity or previous roles. You might have achieved top grades in a relevant subject during your time in education, or if you’re more experienced, you might have increased sales for your employer or received some impressive feedback. For example:

‘In my final year of school, I was awarded Best Science Student of the Term’ or ‘In my part-time café job, I received a personal recommendation from a regular customer, due to my friendly and professional customer service.’

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6. End with a professional sign off

Finally, you’ll need to sign off in a professional but friendly manner. Use terms like ‘thank you for your time’, ‘kind regards’ or ‘looking forward to hearing from you’.

If you’re sending an email, add a formal email signature to the bottom to look more professional. This should include your full name, phone number and email address.

Structure your cover letter for success

We understand that writing a cover letter can feel daunting, particularly when you’ve never written one before or really want the role!

By following the six steps above, you can put together a strong, personable cover letter that will sell your skills and land you an apprenticeship in no time.

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Apprenticeship cover letter examples

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An apprenticeship can be a great way to strengthen your skills and kickstart your career. The trouble is, these positions can be competitive.

So, in order to stand out, you need a persuasive application – and that includes an engaging and creative cover letter.

Not sure how to write a standout application? That’s OK, we can help. Check out our step-by-step guide and apprenticeship cover letter examples below to get started.

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The Apprenticeship cover letter examples above should give you a good idea of the type of content you need to include in your own cover letter, and how it should be structured.

But if you’re really looking to wow recruiters and get your CV in front of the very best employers, then check out our guidance on how to write your own effective cover letter below.

How to write an Apprenticeship cover letter

Here’s a simple process to write your own interview-winning cover letter.

How to write a cover letter

Write your cover letter in the body of an email/message

Type the content of your cover letter directly into the email you are sending, or if you are applying via a job board, directly into their messaging system.

The reason for doing this it to ensure that your cover letter gets seen instantly and you can start connecting with the recruiter as soon as they open your message.

If you attach your cover letter as a separate document, the recipient will have to open up the document, which will slow the process down, or make them less likely to even open your cover letter – which could mean your application gets skipped over.

Write cover letter in body of email

Start with a friendly greeting

Cover letter address

To build an instant connection with the recruiter reading your cover letter, start with a warm greeting.

It should be friendly but not casual – keeping it professional at all times.

  • Hi, hope you’re well
  • Hi [insert recruiter name]
  • Hi [insert department/team name]

Avoid overly formal greetings like “Dear sir/madam ” unless applying to very traditional companies.

How to find the contact’s name?

Addressing the recruitment contact by name is an excellent way to start building a strong relationship. If it is not listed in the job advert, try these methods to find it.

  • Check out the company website and look at their  About page. If you see a hiring manager, HR person or internal recruiter, use their name. You could also try to figure out who would be your manager in the role and use their name.
  • Head to LinkedIn , search for the company and scan through the list of employees. Most professionals are on LinkedIn these days, so this is a good bet.

Identify the role you are applying for

Once you have opened the cover letter with a warm greeting, you need to explain which role you are interested in.

Sometimes a recruitment consultant could be managing over 10 vacancies, so it’s crucial to pinpoint exactly which one you are interested in.

Highlight the department/area if possible and look for any reference numbers you can quote.

These are some examples you can add..

  • I am interested in applying for the role of *Type of Apprenticeship* with your company.
  • I would like to apply for the role of Sales assistant (Ref: 40f57393)
  • I would like to express my interest in the customer service vacancy within your retail department
  • I saw your advert for an IT project manager on Reed and would like to apply for the role.

See also: CV examples – how to write a CV – CV profiles

Highlight your suitability

The bulk of your cover letter should be focused around highlighting your suitability for the job you are applying to.

Doing this will show the recruiter that you are suitable candidate and encourage them to open your CV.

The best way to do this, is by studying the job advert you are applying to, and find out what the most important skills and knowledge are.

Once you know the most important requirements, you then need to highlight your matching skills to the recruiter. In a few sentences, tell them exactly why you are a good fit for the job and what you can offer the company.

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Keep it short and sharp

A good cover letter is short and sharp, getting to the point quickly with just enough information to grab the attention of recruiters.

Ideally your cover letter should be around 4-8 sentences long – anything longer will risk losing the attention of time-strapped recruiters and hiring managers .

Essentially you need to include just enough information to persuade the reader to open up your CV, where the in-depth details will sit.

Sign off professionally

To round of your cover letter, add a professional signature to the bottom, giving recruiters your vital contact information.

This not only gives various means of contacting you, it also looks really professional and shows that you know how to communicate in the workplace.

Include the following points;

  • A friendly sign off – e.g. “Warm regards”
  • Your full name
  • Phone number (one you can answer quickly)
  • Email address
  • Profession title
  • Professional social network – e.g. LinkedIn

Here is an example signature;

Warm regards,

Gerald Baker Senior Accountant 07887500404 [email protected] LinkedIn

Quick tip : To save yourself from having to write your signature every time you send a job application email, you can save it within your email drafts, or on a separate document that you could copy in.

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What to include in your Apprenticeship cover letter

So, what type of information should you write about in your Apprenticeship cover letter?

The specifics will obviously depend on your profession and the jobs you are applying to, but these are the key areas you should be covering.

  • Your industry experience – Tell recruiters the types of companies you have been working for and the roles you have held in the past.
  • Your qualifications – Highlight your most important relevant qualifications to show employers you are qualified to do the roles you are applying for.
  • The impact you have made – Demonstrate the positive impact you have made for employers in previous jobs. Have you saved money? Improved processes? Made customers happy?
  • Your reasons for moving – Employers will want to know why you are leaving your current/previous role, so provide them with a brief explanation here.
  • Your availability – When will you be able to start a new job ? Check your current contract to find out your notice period if you are in a position already.

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Copy and paste these Apprenticeship cover letter templates to get a head start on your own.

Hope you’re well. I am writing in relation to the Electrical Apprentice position at Mears Group as advertised on Glassdoor Jobs. As an individual with a genuine passion for electrical work and a strong desire to learn and grow in the field, I am eager to contribute to electrical projects while gaining hands on experience under the stewardship of experienced professionals.

I possess a HND in Electrical Engineering from Bradford College, where I gained foundational knowledge in electrical circuitry, wiring, troubleshooting, safety practices, and technical mathematics. I am a fast learner and can quickly grasp new concepts, while aiming to thrive in a collaborative environment and supporting the delivery of high-quality work according to project deadlines.

During my academic journey, I obtained “A” grades for all my subjects, helped an instructor install complex components for a client one day ahead of schedule, and received a commendation for resolving electrical-related problems when participating in school competitions and workshops.

I look forward to attending an interview and discussing my competencies in further detail. Thank you for considering my application.

Kind regards

James Goldstein ¦ 07777777777 ¦ [email protected]

Good day Gary

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the Apprentice Welder vacancy advertised by Severfield Group on LinkedIn. As an enthusiastic individual with a genuine passion for welding and a strong desire to build a successful career in the field, I am excited at prospect of contributing my skills and commitment to your establishment.

I have acquired foundational knowledge through a HND in Welding & Fabrication from Capital City College, as well as hands-on school project experience in MIG, TIG, and Stick techniques. I am focused on prioritising safety in all aspects of welding and following regulations to ensure a secure work environment for myself and others. As an apprentice, I would welcome the opportunity to absorb knowledge from seasoned personnel to be able to apply it effectively in practical settings.

Some achievements I contributed towards in seven projects include, completing 50 high-quality welds with 0% defects or rejections, and ensuring no accidents through maintaining an excellent safety record.

Enclosed is my CV for your review, and I look forward to discussing my competencies in further detail. Thank you for considering my application.

Matt Turner ¦ 07777777777 ¦ [email protected]

Good afternoon, Shaun

I am excited to apply for the available Apprentice Mechanic position at Volkswagen UK. As a dedicated individual with a passion for automotive technology, I have the desire to contribute my mechanical aptitude to deliver success for your esteemed organisation.

With a HND in Motor Vehicle Engineering and hands-on workshop experience gained at Newark College, I possess the competencies necessary to check, diagnose, and repair various mechanical issues. My focus remains on providing excellent customer service, while partnering with team members in a stimulating and high-performing environment.

Some notable accomplishments at college include aiding in troubleshooting and resolving engine malfunctions faster than any other student, helping a mentor complete routine maintenance tasks for three clients two hours ahead of schedule, as well as receiving positive feedback from supervisors for producing exceptional work at all times.

I am confident that my career aspirations firmly align with your business goals. Please find my CV attached and thank you for considering me for the aforementioned role.

Robert Stokes ¦ 07777777777 ¦ [email protected]

Writing a strong attention-grabbing cover letter is a vital step in landing a good Apprenticeship job.

Use the tips, strategies and examples above to get more responses from you job applications and start lining job interview up.

Good luck with your job search!

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Mastering the Art of Writing an Apprenticeship Cover Letter (With Examples)

6 March 2024

Introduction

In today's competitive job market, both job seekers and employers face numerous challenges. For job seekers, standing out among a pool of applicants is crucial to secure their desired apprenticeship position. On the other hand, employers are constantly looking for candidates who not only meet the job requirements but also demonstrate enthusiasm and dedication towards the apprenticeship role.

One powerful tool that can help job seekers make a strong impression and catch the attention of employers is a well-crafted apprenticeship cover letter. A compelling cover letter can showcase a candidate's personality, passion, and relevant skills in a way that a CV alone cannot. It provides a unique opportunity for candidates to explain why they are the perfect fit for the apprenticeship and how they can contribute to the company's success. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the key components of an effective apprenticeship cover letter, offer practical tips, highlight common mistakes to avoid, and provide expert advice on crafting a standout cover letter that leaves a lasting impact.

Understanding the Importance of an Apprenticeship Cover Letter

When it comes to applying for apprenticeship positions in the UK, a well-crafted cover letter can be the key to standing out from the competition. While your resume provides a summary of your skills and experience, your cover letter gives you the opportunity to showcase your personality, enthusiasm, and suitability for the role.

An apprenticeship cover letter is not just a formal introduction; it is your chance to make a strong first impression on the employer. In today's competitive job market, recruiters receive numerous applications for each apprenticeship opening. A compelling cover letter can capture their attention and persuade them to delve deeper into your application.

The Role of a Cover Letter in the Application Process

Employers use cover letters to assess the communication skills, attention to detail, and overall fit of candidates within their company culture. For apprenticeship roles, where candidates may have limited work experience, a cover letter becomes even more critical. It allows you to explain why you are interested in the apprenticeship, what draws you to the industry, and how your strengths align with the requirements of the role.

Furthermore, a well-written apprenticeship cover letter demonstrates your genuine interest in the opportunity and the company. It shows that you have taken the time to research the organization, understand its values, and tailor your application accordingly. This level of effort and personalized approach can set you apart from other applicants who submit generic cover letters.

Highlighting Your Enthusiasm and Potential

For employers, an apprenticeship cover letter serves as a glimpse into your character and potential as a future employee. It allows them to assess your motivation, attitude, and willingness to learn. By expressing your enthusiasm for the industry and your eagerness to develop new skills, you reassure employers that you are committed to making the most of the apprenticeship opportunity.

In essence, an apprenticeship cover letter is your chance to narrate your story and connect the dots between your past experiences, current aspirations, and future goals. It enables you to explain why you are pursuing an apprenticeship, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how it fits into your long-term career vision.

Next, we will delve into the key components that make up an effective apprenticeship cover letter and how you can structure it to leave a lasting impact on potential employers.

Key Components of an Effective Apprenticeship Cover Letter

When crafting an apprenticeship cover letter, it's crucial to include specific components that will capture the attention of potential employers. A well-written cover letter can significantly increase your chances of securing an apprenticeship position. Here are the key components to consider:

The introduction sets the tone for your cover letter and should clearly state the position you are applying for. Mention how you learned about the apprenticeship opportunity and express your enthusiasm for the role.

Educational Background

Outline your educational qualifications, including any relevant courses, certifications, or workshops you have completed. Emphasize how your academic background has prepared you for the apprenticeship position.

Relevant Skills and Experience

Highlight specific skills and experiences that align with the requirements of the apprenticeship. Provide examples of projects you have worked on, internships you have completed, or any other experiences that demonstrate your capabilities.

Personalized Content

Customize your cover letter for each application by addressing the hiring manager by name if possible. Tailor the content to showcase why you are a perfect fit for the particular organization and how you can contribute to their team.

Achievements and Accomplishments

Showcase relevant achievements that demonstrate your strengths and capabilities. Whether it's academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, or volunteer work, highlight achievements that are directly related to the apprenticeship role.

Future Goals and Aspirations

Share your career aspirations and explain how the apprenticeship fits into your long-term goals. Employers appreciate candidates who have a clear vision of their professional development and how the apprenticeship can help them achieve it.

  • Pro tip: Use action verbs to describe your experiences and accomplishments in a compelling way.
  • Remember: Keep your cover letter concise and focused, aiming for around one page in length.
"An effective apprenticeship cover letter should not only highlight the candidate's qualifications but also demonstrate their passion for the industry and eagerness to learn." - Sarah Johnson, Hiring Manager at TalentQuest UK

By including these key components in your apprenticeship cover letter, you can make a strong impression on potential employers and increase your chances of landing the apprenticeship opportunity you desire.

Formatting Your Apprenticeship Cover Letter

When it comes to formatting your apprenticeship cover letter, you want to ensure that it is well-structured, professional, and easy to read. Proper formatting can help grab the attention of hiring managers and showcase your communication skills. Here are some key tips for formatting your apprenticeship cover letter effectively:

Use a Professional Font and Size:

Choose a professional font such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman in size 10 to 12 points. This ensures that your cover letter looks clean and professional.

Include Contact Information:

Place your contact information at the top of the cover letter, including your name, address, phone number, and email address. This makes it easy for employers to reach out to you for further communication.

Add Date and Recipient's Details:

Include the date of writing and the contact details of the hiring manager or the company below your information. This demonstrates attention to detail and a personalized approach.

Subject Line:

If you are sending your cover letter via email, include a clear subject line that indicates the position you are applying for. For example, "Application for Marketing Apprentice Position."

Introduction:

Start with a professional greeting such as "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear [Company Name] Team." Introduce yourself briefly and mention the position you are applying for.

Divide the main body of your cover letter into paragraphs. The first paragraph should explain why you are interested in the apprenticeship and what skills you bring to the table. The following paragraphs can highlight relevant experiences and qualifications.

Conclusion:

In the closing paragraph, express your enthusiasm for the opportunity, thank the employer for considering your application, and indicate your availability for an interview.

End your cover letter with a professional closing such as "Sincerely" or "Best Regards," followed by your full name. If sending via email, you can use a digital signature.

By following these formatting guidelines, you can create a well-organized and visually appealing apprenticeship cover letter that makes a strong first impression on potential employers.

Examples of Apprenticeship Cover Letters

When applying for an apprenticeship, having a well-crafted cover letter can make all the difference in setting you apart from other candidates. Below are some examples of apprenticeship cover letters to give you an idea of how to structure your own:

Example 1: For a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

John Smith 123 Green Street London, UK Email: [email protected] Phone: 01234 567890

Date: [Insert Date]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am excited to submit my application for the Digital Marketing Apprenticeship position at [Company Name]. With a passion for all things digital and a strong desire to kick-start my career in marketing, I believe that this apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity for me to learn and grow.

During my time studying Marketing at XYZ College, I have gained valuable skills in social media management, content creation, and market research. I am confident that my academic background, combined with my enthusiasm for digital marketing, make me a great fit for this role.

I am particularly impressed by [Company Name]'s innovative approach to marketing and would be thrilled to contribute to your team. Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can contribute to your continued success.

Sincerely, John Smith

Example 2: For a Software Development Apprenticeship

Emily Brown 45 Oak Avenue Manchester, UK Email: [email protected] Phone: 09876 543210

Dear Hiring Team,

As a recent graduate from ABC University with a degree in Computer Science, I am thrilled to apply for the Software Development Apprenticeship at [Company Name]. The prospect of working with a talented team and honing my coding skills excites me, and I am eager to contribute to your projects.

Throughout my university studies, I have developed a solid foundation in programming languages such as Java, Python, and C++, as well as experience working on various software development projects. I am highly motivated to learn from industry experts and further enhance my technical abilities.

I admire [Company Name]'s commitment to innovation and excellence in software development and believe that my dedication to continuous learning aligns well with your values. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow professionally within your organization.

Thank you for considering my application. I am looking forward to the possibility of discussing how my skills and enthusiasm can benefit [Company Name].

Best regards, Emily Brown

Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Apprenticeship Cover Letter

Crafting a compelling apprenticeship cover letter is essential to grab the attention of potential employers and showcase your suitability for the role. Here are some expert tips to help you create a stand-out cover letter that sets you apart from other applicants:

Tailor Your Cover Letter to the Job

One of the most crucial tips is to customize your cover letter for each apprenticeship you apply to. Mention specific details about the company and why you are interested in working for them. Tailoring your cover letter shows that you have done your research and are genuinely enthusiastic about the opportunity.

Highlight Your Skills and Experiences

Use your cover letter to highlight relevant skills, experiences, and achievements that make you a strong candidate for the apprenticeship. Whether it's through previous work experience, volunteering, or extracurricular activities, make sure to demonstrate how your background aligns with the requirements of the position.

Showcase Your Personality

While it's important to be professional, don't be afraid to let your personality shine through in your cover letter. Employers not only want someone who can do the job but also someone who will fit in with the company culture. Use your cover letter as an opportunity to show off your unique qualities and why you would be a great addition to the team.

Keep It Concise and Relevant

A cover letter should typically not exceed one page. Be concise in your writing and focus on including information that is directly relevant to the apprenticeship. Avoid repeating what is already stated in your resume and instead use the cover letter to delve deeper into key points that demonstrate your suitability for the role.

Proofread and Edit Carefully

Before submitting your cover letter, ensure that you proofread it carefully for any spelling or grammatical errors. You can also ask a friend, family member, or career advisor to review it for you. A well-written and error-free cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and professionalism.

Follow the Employer's Instructions

Pay close attention to any specific instructions provided by the employer regarding the application process. This could include requested format, submission guidelines, or additional documents. Failing to follow these instructions could lead to your application being overlooked.

By following these tips, you can create a stand-out apprenticeship cover letter that grabs the attention of employers and increases your chances of landing your desired role.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Apprenticeship Cover Letter

When applying for an apprenticeship, your cover letter is your first introduction to a potential employer. Avoiding common mistakes can significantly increase your chances of standing out as a strong candidate. Here are some pitfalls to steer clear of:

1. Using a Generic Template

Employers can spot a generic cover letter from a mile away. Tailor each cover letter to the specific apprenticeship you are applying for. Personalizing your application shows that you have taken the time to understand the role and are genuinely interested.

2. Focusing Solely on Yourself

While it's crucial to highlight your skills and experiences, your cover letter should also address how you can contribute to the company. Avoid coming across as self-centered by showcasing what you can bring to the table and how it aligns with the employer's needs.

3. Neglecting to Proofread

Spelling and grammar errors can leave a negative impression on employers. Always proofread your cover letter multiple times and consider using tools like Grammarly to catch any overlooked mistakes. Attention to detail demonstrates your professionalism and commitment to the application.

4. Oversharing or Rambling

Your cover letter should be concise and to the point. Avoid including irrelevant details or going off on tangents. Keep your paragraphs focused and highlight key information that is relevant to the apprenticeship position.

5. Not Researching the Company

Showcasing your knowledge of the company and its values can set you apart from other candidates. Mentioning specific projects, achievements, or company initiatives demonstrates your genuine interest in working for them. Take the time to research the company thoroughly before drafting your cover letter.

6. Exaggerating or Lying

It can be tempting to embellish your skills or experiences, but honesty is always the best policy. Exaggerating or including false information can easily be uncovered during the recruitment process and may harm your chances of securing the apprenticeship.

7. Forgetting a Strong Closing

Your cover letter's conclusion is your final opportunity to make a lasting impression. Express your enthusiasm for the apprenticeship, reiterate your interest in the role, and thank the employer for considering your application. End with a strong call to action, such as requesting an interview.

Avoiding these common mistakes will help you craft a compelling apprenticeship cover letter that showcases your qualifications and enthusiasm for the position. By presenting yourself professionally and thoughtfully, you can increase your chances of progressing to the next stage of the application process.

Expert Advice on Crafting an Apprenticeship Cover Letter

Insights from uk experts:.

When it comes to crafting an apprenticeship cover letter, receiving advice from experts can make a significant difference in your application's success. Let's delve into some valuable insights from professionals in the field:

John Davis , HR Manager at Career Boosters UK, emphasizes the importance of tailoring your cover letter to each apprenticeship position you apply for. He suggests, "Highlight specific skills and experiences that align with the job requirements to grab the employer's attention."

Sarah Patel , Recruitment Specialist at Talent Finders London, advises candidates to showcase their passion for the industry in their cover letter. She notes, "Employers are often looking for motivated individuals who are genuinely interested in pursuing a career in their sector."

International Perspective:

Seeking insights beyond the UK can provide you with a broader understanding of what employers look for in a cover letter. Here are some tips from international experts:

Alexander Smith , Hiring Manager at Global Careers Inc., recommends demonstrating your willingness to learn and grow within the company. He states, "Expressing your enthusiasm for continuous development and learning new skills can set you apart from other applicants."

Emily Wong , Career Coach at Success Strategies Worldwide, highlights the significance of addressing the cover letter to the hiring manager by name whenever possible. She explains, "Personalizing your communication shows that you've done your research and are genuinely interested in the role."

Key Takeaways:

  • Customize your cover letter for each apprenticeship application to showcase relevant skills.
  • Display your passion for the industry and eagerness to learn and develop professionally.
  • Address the cover letter to the specific hiring manager to add a personalized touch to your application.
Remember, your apprenticeship cover letter is your opportunity to make a memorable first impression and stand out from the competition. By incorporating expert advice and best practices, you can increase your chances of securing your desired apprenticeship.

Statistics on the Impact of Cover Letters in the Hiring Process

The importance of cover letters in job applications.

Cover letters play a crucial role in the hiring process. According to a survey conducted by HR Managers International, 76% of recruiters consider cover letters essential when evaluating job applications.

Statistics Supporting the Significance of Cover Letters

Research from the UK hiring market reveals that:

  • 88% of employers believe that a tailored cover letter can significantly boost a candidate's chances of being hired.
  • 67% of recruiters will reject an application if it does not include a cover letter.
  • Over 50% of hiring managers value cover letters as much as resumes during the initial screening process.

The Impact of Personalization in Cover Letters

Studies show that personalized cover letters are more effective:

  • 71% of recruiters prefer cover letters addressed to a specific person rather than "To whom it may concern."
  • Applications with customized cover letters are 40% more likely to advance to the interview stage.

Expert Insights on the Role of Cover Letters

"In today's competitive job market, a well-crafted cover letter can set you apart from other candidates. It is your opportunity to showcase your personality and explain why you are the perfect fit for the role." - Julia Smith, HR Manager at TalentFinders UK.

Julia emphasizes the importance of tailoring each cover letter to the specific job and company to make a memorable impression on recruiters.

After delving into the nuances of crafting an apprenticeship cover letter, it is evident that this document plays a pivotal role in securing a coveted apprenticeship opportunity. By understanding the key components, formatting guidelines, and common pitfalls to avoid, job seekers can create impactful cover letters that resonate with hiring managers.

Remember, your cover letter is your first introduction to a prospective employer. It serves as a writing sample and an opportunity to showcase your personality, skills, and passion for the role. Take the time to tailor each cover letter to the specific job and company you are applying to, highlighting why you are the ideal candidate.

As you embark on your journey to secure an apprenticeship, keep in mind the valuable insights shared by experts in the field. Their collective wisdom underscores the importance of personalized, well-crafted cover letters in the application process. By following their advice and implementing best practices, you can position yourself as a strong contender in the competitive job market.

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Looking to ace your application for an apprenticeship but staring at a blank page and wondering where to start?

No worries! We’ve got a few tips to help you get through it.

What is a cover letter?

First up, you’re probably wondering why a cover letter needs to be included with your apprenticeship application. Surely everything should just be explained in your CV?

Not necessarily, because your CV should be factual and concise – no rambling allowed!

Your cover letter gives you the opportunity to let your personality shine through. Use this opportunity to explore the reasons why you would love to work with the company you’re applying for (this shouldn’t be a copy-and-paste job to all). How do you think you’d make a great addition to an existing or new type of apprenticeship scheme they are offering?

Use your cover letter to sell why you’re the best person for the job. Explain why they shouldn’t miss out on your skills and experience. Tell them what your hopes are for your future in the industry.

The general rule of thumb is to make sure you don’t duplicate anything written on your CV – nobody wants to read the same thing twice.

Employers are very busy people, many running their own businesses, so their time is precious, and they’ll easily become disinterested if you aren’t straight to the point.

Keep all this in mind when structuring your cover letter:

There’s no one-size-fits-all for writing a great apprenticeship cover letter. Do your research and make sure each one you write is tweaked on a case-by-case basis – don’t reuse the same one!

  • Avoid buzzwords and cliches – be authentic.
  • Identify your unique selling points (USP’s).
  • Include examples if you have any.
  • Don’t reuse the same cover letter – tailor the content to each role.
  • Proofread two or three times before sending.

What to include in an apprenticeship cover letter?

Think of the cover letter as your first interview for the job. What do you want the employer to know from the very beginning?

To give you an idea of how it should be structured, with a bit of help from Prospects.ac.uk, we’ve produced this mini guide below.

Again, this is only a suggestion, so make sure you add your own creative flair!

The first Paragraph

  • This should be your opening statement.
  • Set the scene.
  • Who are you addressing?
  • State the role you’re applying for and the date you’re available to start.

Second paragraph

  • List your skills and experience that are relevant to the role.
  • Include examples of how you meet the specific requirements of the role or how you expect your skills to benefit the company as you learn and grow.

Third paragraph

  • Showcase that you know all about them but highlighting some research or facts you’ve discovered about the company.
  • Let them know why you’d love to work for them and what first attracted you to the position.
  • Reaffirm what you can offer their company.

Final paragraph

  • Reiterate your interest and why you should get the job.
  • Mention any unavailable dates for interview if needed.

How long should a cover letter be?

If we could give you one piece of advice, it’d be: Don’t waffle. Your cover letter shouldn’t be pages long, any employer will give up reading after the first page.

Your cover letter shouldn’t be any longer than three or four paragraphs – and definitely no longer than a side of A4.

Example cover letter

To help you get started, we’ve pulled together an example cover letter below.

Dear [First Name] [Surname] ,

I am writing to apply for the role of [apprenticeship role] at [company name] . Please find my CV enclosed with relevant details of my experience and qualifications to date.

I am particularly interested in [apprenticeship role] offered by your company, [list the reasons your skills fit the job requirements] . I feel that my previous experience in [list an example of relevant experience and why it would help in the role] .

As you can see from my CV, I have a keen interest in [explain your interests related to the job role] . I can see your company holds high values in [do a bit of research – this can then be tailored to how you see it working best, i.e. Do you like the company’s ethos? Do you like how they position themselves in the market? Do you like how they generate brand awareness] . I believe the skills I can bring to the table are [list relevant skills you can offer them and how it could benefit the role] .

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. 

Yours sincerely/faithfully ,

Where can you apply for apprentice jobs?

So now you’re feeling confident that you can master the basics, where can you find apprenticeship jobs?

There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from and finding an existing or new apprenticeship scheme in your area that fits your interests can feel a bit daunting. The first step is doing your research before narrowing down your interests and the type of apprenticeship you’d like to do.

See how you can use the Government’s ‘ Find an Apprenticeship ’ service to view the options.

You can also check out our Jobs Board to find an apprenticeship that’s perfect for you. 

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How to write a cover letter for an apprenticeship?

Person handing over cover letter for apprenticeship position.

Cover letters or covering letters are what you include with your CV when applying for an apprenticeship . Think of them as the story of your CV – you will expand on the shorter points and bullet lists of your skills and show how your experience makes you the perfect fit for the role. 

If you have never written one before, a cover letter can feel like a difficult task. But as long as you stick to a few simple rules there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to write a strong cover letter that really sells you to a prospective employer.

How long should an apprenticeship cover letter be?

The ideal length of a cover or covering letter is no more than one side of an A4 page – any longer and you risk rambling. Any shorter and you won’t have covered enough of your skills and experience or explained why you should get the job. Four paragraphs is a good length.

Cover letter basics

Write a new letter for each application.

It can be tempting to copy and paste your way through numerous applications, but each letter should be unique. After all, each role is different, as is each company you apply to. It’s ok to have similar points and explanations for skills, but each letter you write should feel distinct from one another.

It’s ok to use a template as a starting point

You can find numerous templates online to help guide you. As long as you aren’t copying someone else’s work it’s ok to use one. Details like where to include the date, who you are sending the letter to and your contact details are all important, and a template will show you this. There’s a lot of variety out there, so make sure whichever you choose it is clear and easy to read – not one big block of text.

Address it to a named person

One of the ways you can make a good impression is by addressing your letter to a named individual. It shows that you have done some research about the company, and you are serious about the application. You can easily find out the name of the person you need to write to by looking at the company website, emailing or phoning the company.

Paragraph 1: The 'Why'

Your opening paragraph is where you get the reader’s attention. Explain WHY you are writing to the company and WHY you are applying for the job. You can include information here relating to where you saw the job opportunity e.g. ‘I am writing regarding your advertisement for a construction apprentice on the Talentview website’.

Paragraph 2: Sell yourself

Sell, sell, sell! This is your opportunity to tell the prospective employer why you should get the job. What is it about you – your experience, skills or interests – that makes you the perfect candidate? What can you offer them? You can make reference to your CV here, by selecting a few strengths or achievements mentioned and expanding on them.

Paragraph 3: What you know about the company

Show that you have done your research about the company – its history, values and the work it does. If it is a construction company, you could make reference to some of the projects it has been involved in, and what excites or interests you about working for the company. 

Paragraph 4: Call to action

This is the final paragraph and your last chance to impress, so it’s important to get it right. 

The end of the letter is your chance to summarise what you would bring to the job. You can finish by thanking the recipient for their time reading the letter, and then providing a ‘call to action’. This could be by asking for a meeting or a phone call to discuss the position further. Sign off your letter formally. It is best practice to use ‘yours sincerely’ if you have addressed the letter to a named person, and ‘yours faithfully’ if you have addressed it to ‘Sir/Madam’.

Check your letter

Read your letter again in a few hours time or the following day. There will be some changes you will want to make. Go back to it a couple of times until you are happy with it.

Have more than one person check your cover letter if possible. Someone who works in a similar industry would be ideal, but a friend or relative who will give you honest feedback is also helpful. Read it out loud, too, because this will help you to hear clunky or awkward sentences or highlight missing words and spelling errors.

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An apprenticeship is the beginning of your professional life and it's exciting! There is just one little problem: you do not how to write the cover letter to apply for apprenticeship. Don’t worry, we have the situation under control. To put all the chances on your side, follow all our tips and tricks to write the letter that will make the difference.

1. What is a cover letter and why is it important?

The cover letter is the first impression you give to the hiring manager. This first contact is all the more important when your experience is limited and your CV a bit short. In the case of a speculative application , the cover letter is even more essential. Indeed, you are anticipating the recruitment process, and you need to convince the hiring manager that you are the ideal candidate. The cover letter is still the must-have to persuade the hiring manager that you are better than the other candidates. Hence, writing a cover letter to apply for apprenticeship is a crucial step.

2. 5 tips for writing a persuasive cover letter

1. structure the content.

  • One paragraph about the candidate: show that you are suitable for the position. Mention your diplomas, your level of qualification, your experiences, etc. Show your motivation. To do so, insist on the reasons why the company should hire you. If you are undergraduate, highlight your experience, even if you acquired it during odd jobs. If you have a master’s degree, specify what kind of position you are looking for.
  • One paragraph about the company. The aim here is to show that you are interested in the company and that you chose this company among its competitors because its values suit you.
  • One paragraph about the training projects and missions you could perform for the company.
  • One sentence that reaffirms how diligent and serious you are. Let them know that you will contact them within a week.
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3. be in the right state of mind, 4. be careful of your writing, 5. proofread your letter, open your grammar book, 3. bonus: template of a cover letter for an apprenticeship.

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How to Write a Cover Letter for an Apprenticeship UK

A cover  letter  is a written letter that goes alongside a CV explaining who you are and why you are sending your  CV  to the company. The main aim of a cover letter is to persuade a recruiter to read your CV and invite you to a face-to-face interview. So how do you write a cover letter for an Apprenticeship UK?

Step 1: The first step is to say Hello.

The cover letter must be addressed to the person who would read it. If you open your letter to John or Steve and the person reading it is called Barbara, you’re in deep trouble. Barbara will be enraged.

Addressing an apprenticeship cover letter to the wrong person shows that you haven’t done your research on the business. In addition, it suggests that you are uninterested in the role for which you are applying. Employers frequently provide the person’s name to which you send the cover letter in the job posting.

Step 2: How you found the job

Once you’ve adequately responded to your apprenticeship cover letter, you should clarify what work you’re applying for and how you came across the opportunity in the first place.

Employers can sometimes interview for several positions simultaneously, so be sure you’re being interviewed for the right one. For example, it would be tragic if you were preparing for an engineering apprenticeship and sent your CV and cover letter to the person hiring security guards.

Step 3: What is it that piques your interest?

Now that they understand why you’re writing to them, tell the recruiter you want the apprenticeship. This is where you can bring your employer’s research to use. It would help if you did preliminary research on the organisation hosting the apprenticeship before you begin writing your cover letter.

As a result, you must do thorough homework on the apprenticeship you are applying for. For example, were there any case studies or reviews from previous apprentices?

But now that you’ve finished your research, it’s time to pick up a pen and justify why you’re drawn to this industry and this apprenticeship. Again, this is an excellent way to talk about business values.

You’ve shown that you understand and value the company’s values and ideals. Furthermore, you have shown an interest in assisting the organisation in meeting its objectives.

Step 4: Skills and experience

You’re on a roll now, so begin describing your background and why it qualifies you for the apprenticeship. Always have the content relevant to the job you’re applying for on hand!

When we mention “past,” we don’t imply your life story. An employer does not need or want to know where you were born, whether you had a happy childhood or had a severe hummus allergy.

Discuss how your qualifications and work experience contribute to or led you to apply for this apprenticeship. For example, explain how a module you completed or a temporary work placement you completed prepared you for the position.

Exclude extracurricular activities as well as personal interests. This is about your CV – a cover letter for an apprenticeship is a teaser for your CV, not a full-fledged resume.

In this section of your apprenticeship cover letter, discuss what skills you should bring to the company. The cover letter will pique their interest rather than intimidate them with just one or two points.

You can’t only say, “I am a fantastic team member,” and then rattle off a list of unsupported skills. Instead, explain why your unique skills, qualifications, and work experience make you an excellent candidate for this apprenticeship.

Step 5: ‘I’d like to schedule an interview.’

The tricky part is now complete. There is little left to do except concluding the cover letter. It’s impossible to go wrong here.

Avoid utilising offensive language, slang, or something else that the reader may find funny. You should be okay with your apprenticeship cover letters and life if you meet these guidelines.

In a few sentences, thank the recruiter for taking the time to read your application. But be vigilant not to ruin something. Frequently emphasise the eagerness and joy in attending an interview.

Step 6: Farewell, bye-bye

You’ve arrived at the end of the road. If you start the letter with a personal name, like Barbara, end it with Yours Sincerely. If you can’t find Barbara’s initials, start your apprenticeship cover letter with ‘Dear Sir/Madam and end with Yours Faithfully.

That is what there is to it. You have just finished writing your cover letter for an Apprenticeship UK.

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What is an apprenticeship cover letter?

A cover letter is a basic outline of who you are and why you are sending your CV to a company. So your apprenticeship cover letter isn’t a throwaway document; it’s the introduction to your CV , flaunting your relevant qualities and hammering home why you’d be an excellent asset to the company.

In the olden days, paper covering letters literally covered your CV when they were placed on top. Nowadays, most people send cover letters in an email format with their CV attached.

Companies might ask candidates to send a cover letter and CV as part of an application , or you might send a cover letter when speculatively applying for an apprenticeship.

What should I put in my apprenticeship cover letter?

You should mention your lifelong devotion to Burnley FC, how you like to organise your wardrobe and why celebs posting makeup-free pics of themselves on Twitter is like totes amaze. Really? No.

An apprenticeship cover letter is a professional, formal letter and its content should reflect that. You want it to showcase your qualities and skills which are relevant to the apprenticeship.

So before you do anything, make sure you’ve researched the company (their website is a good place to start) and the apprenticeship.

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How long should a cover letter be.

Before you start your research, there are some questions to bear in mind. What’s different about the company? What are their values? Who are their customers? What does the apprenticeship involve? What do they look for in apprentices? You should also think about what attracts you to the company and the apprenticeship.

 Companies don’t have a whole lot of time, so keep your cover letter relatively short. Around three to four paragraphs should do the trick.

You can create a general cover letter template, but you should tailor it for every apprenticeship application. Whoever is reading it should get the sense that you’re passionate about their apprenticeship in particular, not that you’re just desperate for anything going.

How to structure your apprenticeship cover letter.

Even though you’ll most likely be emailing your cover letter, it’s important to abide by some letter writing rules. Try and address your covering letter to a named person (e.g. “Dear Clare Smith”).

To do this, you’ll need to call up the company and ask who is in charge of hiring apprentices. If you can’t find out, then you might just have to settle for “Dear Sir/Madam” or similar.

Clearly divide your cover letter into paragraphs and end it “Yours sincerely” if it’s being sent to a named person. If you haven’t managed to find out a name then use: “Yours faithfully” followed by your name.

So what about the content of your letter?

First Paragraph: open the letter with an explaination of why you are writing. Identify the apprenticeship you’re interested in and include a unique reason why you think you’d be an asset to the company.

Try to show enthusiasm and genuine interest in the apprenticeship and the company.

Second Paragraph: this paragraph might outline why you’re interested in the company, the apprenticeship and the industry. Try to come up with genuine and different reasons, not “I want to work for you because you’re the best”.

Third Paragraph:  Here is where you link it back to you. You might want to pick out the skills and qualities you have that would make you a great apprentice.

Use the apprenticeship job description as a jumping off point, as, more often than not, it’ll include a list of the qualities or competencies they are looking for.

Back up your assertions with evidence. For example, if they are looking for an organised person who is good with numbers for a business apprenticeship, then make sure you show them how you have developed those skills. It could be through organising your exam revision at school, or managing your personal income from a part time job. 

You can tie up your letter by addressing any formalities, such as saying when you’re available for interview, or covering any practical issues they might ask about. And hey presto! You have a tip top apprenticeship cover letter.

Other tips…

Try and keep your cover letter relatively short: it should be no longer than one side of A4, and preferably shorter. Apprenticeship employers don’t want to have to spend too long reading your cover letter, and a lot of the details you'll be tempted to include can be addressed in your CV. 

Read it through aloud to make sure it makes sense and get someone else to check over your cover letter and give feedback. You might need to do several drafts.

At the risk of sounding like a nagging grandma, scour every inch of your apprenticeship cover letter for grammatical errors, typos and spelling mistakes. You’ll thank us later. 

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This blog post will show samples of “apprenticeship cover letters.”

Samples of apprenticeship cover letter

A great apprenticeship cover letter is vital in your job search journey as it helps your employer know who you are and what you can offer to the organization. 

When writing an apprenticeship cover letter, these are some of the important things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

“Dear David Jones,

I am writing to apply for the finance apprenticeship with ACCA Global. As advertised on indeed.com. Please find my CV enclosed.

I am very interested in the finance apprenticeship offered by ACCA because of the programme’s focus on future accountancy strategies.

The ACCA brand is a hallmark of quality in accounting and finance. As one of the most respected professional bodies in the UK and around the world.

When you read my CV you will see, I have 2 years of work experience doing administration and accounts for Staffs Media and this has given me teamwork skills, as well as the ability to work confidently as an individual. I am a committed student, on course to achieve three A-levels. My focus and interest in maths have provided a groundwork of knowledge that will be needed for this apprenticeship. I have excellent skills using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Thank you for considering my application, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you for an interview so that we can discuss your apprenticeship programme in greater detail.

Yours Sincerely,

Your Name.”

“Dear Mr. Beckett,

Having completed a one-year plumbing traineeship alongside my technical college qualification, I am now looking for an apprenticeship in the Bay area to allow me to continue my learning and work towards my plumbing examinations and National Inspection Testing Certificates.

I averaged sixteen hours a week of practical experience in my previous trainee role and I am looking for an apprenticeship that will allow me to increase that to 3-4 days a week. I know that you have a 100% record of apprentices passing their examinations, so, for me, Pipemaster Plumbing is the place to complete my training.

I am proficient in every aspect of heating and ventilation installations, both in a residential and commercial setting, having worked on over 40 projects over the course of a year. I took part in product selection and procurement and ensured a cost-effective and timely supply of whatever was required for the job. I have a full and current driving license and am used to popping to the trade stores for emergency replacements.

I particularly enjoy full bathroom projects and find the challenge of working with plumbing systems an immensely satisfying one. Every bathroom is unique, and I participated in the CAD design stages to the final installation. Translating a client’s vision into a real (and affordable) the end product is immensely enjoyable.

I am used to working hard and doing mundane jobs that more senior plumbers would rather not tackle. I respect that their time should be spent on truly skilled labor, and I am more than happy to spend the day grouting tiling or cutting pipes to size. I am a good listener, a dedicated team player and a careful and skilled technician.

I would welcome an interview or trial to share my skills and my thirst for learning.

Theresa Bennett”

“Dear Ms Watson,

My name is Ronald Mackay, and I am writing to you with regard to the ABC Electric Company’s electrician apprenticeship programme. I’m very eager to pursue this profession and believe that I have a natural aptitude for it.

As required, I possess GCSEs in English, maths and physics with good grades. In addition to other studies, I also went on to complete A-Levels in physics and maths, as I naturally gravitated towards these subjects. I have been working for a construction company since finishing school, and this has exposed me to a lot of work with electricians and others on building sites. I often lend my assistance to them, and this has taught me a lot about wiring processes and electrical safety. These experiences convinced me that I would thoroughly enjoy pursuing a career as an electrician.

In addition to this, I am an excellent communicator and have had a lot of experience dealing with clients. I have had to cooperate with many individuals in differing roles in my work, which has also granted me an organisational mindset. My strong attention to detail has also been an asset, and I wish to bring this to the electrician profession.

Thank you very much for considering my application, and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Ronald Mackay

[email protected]

0111 2222 333”

“Dear Mr Venables,

My name is Patricia Clarke, and I wish to submit my candidacy for the finance apprenticeship at Vaughan Global, which I saw advertised on the Indeed website.

I’m very keen to pursue a career in accounting, which I understand to be the focus of the apprenticeship. Your company is very well respected in this regard, and I am eager to learn at Vaughan Global. As your requirements stipulate, I have an A-Level in accounting, and GCSEs in English and maths with excellent grades. I also have an A-Level in maths.

My school also offered software courses and I completed the introductory course in accounting software. This further confirmed my desire to learn accountancy. I have a very critical and organisational mindset, which was useful to me when I worked part-time as an administrative assistant.

I am very thankful for your consideration of my application, and I look forward to discussing it with you further.

Patricia Clarke”

“Ms Geraldine Cranefeld

Student recruitment manager

International Engineering

Engineering House

XYZ Business Park

Herechester

15th April 2021

Dear Ms Cranefeld

2021 Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programme

I would like to apply for your 2021 Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programme and am attaching my CV. I would like to get a degree by combining practical, on-the-job learning with classroom experience and I am particularly interested in the Electronics Engineering Programme on offer.

Since completing my A-levels in maths, IT and physics, I have worked at Woodhouse Superstore, covering shifts as rostered. I have mainly worked in stock replenishment, helping out on other teams if needed, including customer service on tills and the shop floor.

I also have a Saturday job at a local car repair workshop. In the two years I have worked there, I have been involved in all aspects of car repair. Recently, I have taken on more of the electronic and diagnostic work, enabling me to use and improve my problem-solving skills.

I did my Year 10 work experience at a HVAC company, where I spent time on site with one of the field engineers and worked in the office to see how jobs are booked and scheduled. I was particularly fascinated by how heating and ventilation systems are planned in the design department.

My time management and organisation skills have helped me to combine schoolwork with my weekend job while also keeping up with my sports. I am pleased that I helped my netball team win the cup at the same time as achieving good grades.

I am keen to work for International Engineering, a local company which works across the UK and internationally. I would like to use my engineering training to work on your alternative energy projects, such as collaborations with African nations to reduce the dependency on oil.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

(Sign your name here)

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do i write a cover letter for an apprenticeship with no experience.

How to write a cover letter with no experience

  • Carefully review the job posting and research the company’s website.
  • Explain your skills and achievements relevant to the position.
  • Remind your employer why you are the best choice.

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“I am hard working, committed and positive in approach. I am also a good team player and a fast learner. I am extremely focused and passionate to shape my career with my hard work and dedication. Please find attached my resume which has complete details on my qualification and work experience.”

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When looking for a carpentry apprenticeship you may need to reach out and contact businesses and their owners with your CV and a covering letter. We’ve created a cover letter for carpenter apprentice & written helpful tips.

A covering letter is a formal letter that goes alongside your CV to explain who you are, what you’re looking for and why you’re sending it to their company.

The aim of a covering letter is to compliment your CV and persuade the company you are the right fit for them, with the goal of them inviting you to an interview.

We have written a cover letter for carpenter apprentice example template below to help you secure an apprenticeship. It is important to send this to as many companies in your local area as possible and do not overload it with information; it is to tempt to reader to go onto your CV with more details on your experience.

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Cover Letter For Carpenter Apprentice Example Template

Get to the interview you desire by following our carpentry apprenticeships cover letter example template.

Carpenter Apprentice Cover Letter Tips:

  • Putting the most important information closer to the top
  • Ensure you have tailored the covering letter specifically for the role
  • Be honest and clear
  • Check spelling and grammar
  • If you have any relevant qualifications it is worth mentioning those on your covering letter
  • You could also include your hobbies and interests relevant to the role
  • Have someone proof read your covering letter before you send out
  • Research the company and its values, visit their website and get a feel for what they do and how they do it. This information is also great to use if you get an interview.

Carpentry Apprenticeships Cover Letter Example Template

(ENTER YOUR ADDRESS HERE)

200 Times Road, Reading RG7

(YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS)

(YOUR PHONE NUMBER)

14 th May 2021

Dear Mr Mayberry,

I have always had an interest in working with wood from a very young age; I would like to gain some work experience working with your carpentry/joinery company, as this is something I want to pursue further in my career.

I am a very creative person and am good with my hands, taking pride in my work and making sure that it is completed to a very high standard. Having achieved a GCSE C grade in both English and maths I am mathematically minded and able to calculate figures and work out measurements.

(EDIT THIS SECTION: in this section you can write any specific skills you have picked up in carpentry roles, at home or in education e.g. woodwork class or helped build a shed. If there is a job description look over the requirements and write anything that matches).

I enjoy working in a team or individually, am confident, hardworking and punctual. I listen well, have a hunger to learn and awareness for health and safety of others around me.

I am looking to start my career in carpentry and willing to work very hard to continue learning, gain the skills and get to where I want to be.

If you are interested in my skills please do not hesitate to contact me.

I really look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,

(YOUR NAME)

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